Lando Norris had a fantastic start and finished in second place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, marking it as one of the best starts of his Formula 1 career.
‣ Lando Norris had a world-class start with his McLaren and shot straight through to second place from seventh on the grid, behind Max Verstappen
‣ Norris did take pole for the sprint race but Verstappen immediately took off like a hare, passing Norris before the first corner
‣ Norris eventually grabbed his seventh podium finish of the season, six of which were second-place finishes
‣ The Briton was expecting and planned a lot for 20 laps in traffic, some overtakes and a bit of fun
Over the weekend, Lando Norris had an exciting run during the Brazilian Grand Prix with a world-class start, shooting straight through to second place from seventh on the grid, behind Max Verstappen. Reflecting on the race, Norris stated, “In terms of position changes, yes. I don’t think it’s the quickest one, but it’s all relative at the end of the day.” He explained, “It was a pleasant surprise to come out in P2, already after turn 1.” Norris acknowledged that typically, he’d brace for “20 laps in traffic, some overtakes and a bit of fun,” but was taken by surprise by his strong start.
The day before, Norris took pole for the sprint race, but Verstappen quickly overtook him. Norris said, “Obviously, that’s where I lost out to Max. Not because I had a bad start. I still had one of the best starts on the grid. It’s just Max, especially in that second phase, was extremely strong.” Through “homework” ahead of the main race, they “tried to get everything in a better window and it all paid off,” said Norris, noting, “Yes, a good surprise and a good step up from yesterday.”
The McLaren Briton eventually grabbed his seventh podium finish of the season, six of which were second-place finishes. Only in Singapore did Max Verstappen keep him from that very first win of his F1 career, said Norris. With circuits all over the world, every finish is a learning curve. This one, Norris took on less congested streets and more straightforward paths.